Choosing the right car seat for your child is the most important step that you can take to keep them safe. Picking the right type depends on the age, height, and weight of your child. An improperly sized car seat may not keep your child safe in the event of a crash.

In addition to the guidelines offered by the NHTSA, you should also check with the manufacturer and follow their recommendations. It is also important to replace the car seat when your child begins to outgrow it. When the top of your child's head nears the top of the seat, it is time to begin searching for your next one.

The safest place for your child is in the backseat with a properly installed car seat that is just the right size for them. When choosing a new or used vehicle, make sure that it can accommodate the various types of child restraint systems as your child grows.

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